“this partial-parliament in this little semi-statelet..”

Another day, another rippling quote from a Sinn Féin TD. This time, as noted in the Irish Times – “SF back to basics..” [subs req], it’s Louth TD, Arthur Morgan, and he’s not referring to the Assembly nor to Northern Ireland. From the Dáil record.

“Why would I expect any different from a Tánaiste and a Government over this partial Parliament in this little semi-statelet over which he is presiding?”

And, as the Irish Times also noted, Fianna Fáil TD, Martin Mansergh, provided the response.

Very crude criticisms were made of the Government’s economic policy by a party which does not have any coherent economic policy that I am aware of. I was shocked, although not surprised, to hear any Deputy refer to this as a partial parliament in a semi-statelet. I have always had great difficulty understanding so called republicans who do not recognise this Republic. It throws into context the party in question’s presenting itself as the champion of sovereignty and democracy when it is clear that the Deputy opposite does not recognise the sovereignty of either this State or its people. The European Union in the past 35 years has had much more respect for sovereignty and democracy in this country than the party opposite.

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  • Bradán Feasa

    I’m not sure why Morgan’s quote is the source of so much smug Irish Times tittering. Sinn Féin clearly recognises the southern state as an incomplete Irish state. This political point of view is a perfectly logical one in the context of Irish Nationalism or Irish Republicanism

  • barnshee

    The sting is in the reference
    “The European Union.. ”
    Memberbership of the EU and in particular membership of the Eurozone constrains any country

  • Steve Bishop

    Northern Ireland is not a nation it is a puppet “Region” of the EUSSR, as is the Republic, the only choice for the both of you is if you want that to continue or if you want to be a “united” Irish puppet “region” of the EUSSR.

    Who cares really, £ngland is sick of bankrolling you, Scotregion and the Welsh region, begone you bums!.

  • Hogan

    SF will have to realise that their diatribe of victimhood will only further alienate them from the southern electorate.

    If the Shinners spent alot of time and effort in analysing what went wrong in the dail elections, apart from Gerry’s H-block degree in Economics becoming exposed (he was tired the poor little lamb 🙁 , they could do worse than use Morgan’s remarks as an indicator.

    The southern electorate only want parties in government that live in the real world, they could be wrong but they find society functions better that way?

    Accept Eire as a sovereign nation, yes campaign for it to be widened to the rest of us but don’t insult the esteemed offices of state of a modern european nation when you let loose a batch of your outdated dogma.

  • joeCanuck

    Pete’s cynical and the Irish Times titters smugly.

    What a source of enjoyment SF TDs give us.

  • Greenflag

    Martin Mansergh went too easy on Morgan . He could have referred to Morgan’s SF’s ‘partial ‘ vote in the Republic . He could also have suggested that given Arthur’s partial recognition of our semi statelet that Arthur take only a partial TD’s salary! 🙂

    See how they run !

  • Some more of Arthur’s wit from that debate:

    “There is more social conscience in a cat’s arse than there is in the entire Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.

    Acting Chairman (Deputy Johnny Brady): Please withdraw that remark.”

  • Dewi

    “There is more social conscience in a cat’s arse than there is in the entire Fianna Fáil parliamentary party”

    Actually, Nefyn, that was quite funny!

  • cut the bull

    I think Arthur Morgan should be congradulated whether you agree with his politics or not for at least having the balls to stand up and say what he believes.

  • Mayoman

    And more importantly Dewi, absolutely true!

  • kensei

    First one, stupid stupid stupid.

    This though:

    “There is more social conscience in a cat’s arse than there is in the entire Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.

    Acting Chairman (Deputy Johnny Brady): Please withdraw that remark.”

    Gold.

  • Greenflag

    ‘for at least having the balls to stand up and say what he believes.’

    So the brave Arthur believes a cat’s arse has a social conscience ? My local vet assures me that cats never mind their arses are entirely oblivious of any social conscience . He also assures me that SF’s policies appear to be devoid of sufficient economic considerations 🙁

  • billie-joe remarkable

    Disgraceful as Adams’ reaction was, the Irish News’ coverage was equally poor. They saw fit to put cartoons on the front page but handed over an iconic photograph of Paisley to the Belfast Telegraph which used it well with a decent headline (editorially speaking) and the ‘radical’ Andersonstown News couldn’t even write anything and instead hid behind their usual tactic of endless vox pops of people shopping in west Belfast. As squinter banged on about the BBC describing Mairead Farrell as a “bomber” (I doubt she would have had too many issues with the term, even if the Andytown News is embarrassed by it) they gave Ian Paisley an easy time. I expect we’ll get another mural soon with something ‘revolutionary’ on it soon, to keep the rank and file happy.

  • susan

    “First one, stupid stupid stupid.

    This though:

    “There is more social conscience in a cat’s arse than there is in the entire Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.

    Acting Chairman (Deputy Johnny Brady): Please withdraw that remark.”

    Gold.”

    Posted by kensei on Mar 07, 2008 @ 02:24 PM

    Nail. Head. Hit upon.

  • Crow

    No such thing as bad publicity. Raises profile, working class cred, people’s champion. Mission accomplihed.

  • Danny O’Connor

    So much for the recognition of the new articles 2&3;that were an integral part of the 1998 referendum, obviously SF are anti agreement in the south and pro agreement in the north, A case of political schitzophrenia methinks.